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Tony O'Kane | Sep, 02 2014 | 1 Comment

A mysterious Suzuki prototype has been spotted testing in Europe, perhaps our first glimpse at a larger B-segment hatchback from the brand.

Taller and slightly longer than a Swift but not quite as big as an S-Cross, this heavily-camouflaged prototype is believed to be an all-new product for Suzuki which will likely battle the Nissan Note and Honda Jazz in the European market.

Few details can be discerned through the heavy black vinyl cladding, though we can at least see what appears to be an intercooler peeking through the front bumper.

Whether that means this Suzuki will be a turbo petrol or turbo diesel has yet to be confirmed.

The side profile also shows proportions that should give this model greater legroom than the compact Swift, as well as more cargo space.

This new hatch will form part of Suzuki's aggressive new product plan, which will see the company release at least one new model until the end of the decade.

Some of those will be all-new versions of existing model lines, but some, like the car seen here, will be entirely new products for Suzuki.

According to local boss Tony Devers, the Japanese automaker's product offensive will see it bounce back from a lull in new product launches, and reinvigorate sales as new models find their way into showrooms.

“It is evident that Suzuki Motor Company took a very conservative approach throughout the GFC, however, the R&D investment is now fully deployed and exciting new product is guaranteed for the short and mid-term,” Mr Devers said.

“Indeed, we will have at least one new Suzuki model every year for the next five years.”

The first all-new Suzuki off the ranks will be the Vitara, which is due to make its global debut at the Paris Motor Show next month and is expected to go on sale in Australia in the first half of 2015.

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